Mobile Security

Premium phone number scams and malware on the rise, says Symantec

Android is taking the world by storm, and unfortunately, that means that scammers and hackers are coming along for the ride. Security firm Symantec released new research today detailing the biggest threats faced by Android users, and while most of it is familiar information, there are some fiendishly innovative new forms of malware and other malicious apps that users should be aware of. Chief among them is the "Premium rate number billing scam".

Android Malware Apps get official attention …

Recently there's been some concern about malware in the Android Marketplace. Hackers have been repackaging legitimate Android applications with spyware embedded and resubmitting them, causing mobile devices to be infected with malware after download. Here's some official words from Linda Liu, Global Marketing Director of the mobile security firm NetQin, on the steps Google is taking to combat the trend:
Recently, a new spyware named "DroidDream" causing privacy leakage was found on Google's Android Market. The spyware was embedded in repackaged legitimate applications and uploaded to the Android Market by the developers "Myournet", "Kingmall2010" and "we20090202". Mobile devices will be infected after download. Google has removed more than 50 infected applications from Android Market and remote deleted the infected apps downloaded to the users' devices to prevent further spreading of the malware. Even though Google has taken a series of control measures in the wake of the event, there seems to be a need for more to be done.

Android Virus Alert! SW.SecurePhone and SW.Qieting in the background

Attention Android Users, looks like we may have another small virus issue at hand. Reports like this have came out before. Whether you think phones can get viruses or not. It's better to be safe than sorry. Our mobile phone Anti-Virus friends over at NetQin Mobile have spotted not one, but two issues that need to be brought to everyone's attention. NetQin said they have found two Malicious Viruses stemming from apps that come from the dark alley side of the Android Market.

Motorla buys 3LM, stakes claim in Android Security market

Hackers have one simple rule: the larger the footprint a platform has online, the easier it is for hackers to go after. PCs learned that the hard way while others enjoyed relative anonymity by flying under the radar.  And since it wasn't long ago that Android devices began to outsell the other handsets, a big target has been placed on their collective backs in terms of wireless security. So Motorola is being proactive by buying 3LM, a security company that develops online shields for Android devices.

McAfee WaveSecure named Software of the Year for mobile Devices

McAffee's WaveSecure has just been voted as the Software of the Year by Softwareload- Deutsche Telekom's software download portal. The vote took place with over 30,000 UK software fans casting their votes online for their favorite software for PC and mobile platforms. WaveSecure took the top spot in the Tools category which we can all agree was is much deserved recognition.
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